Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on January 25, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

One of the greatest rivalries in sports is found in college football’s bitter Ohio State-Michigan annual contest. It even has its own song for Buckeye boosters, sung to the tune of “The Old Gray Mare”:

We don’t give a damn about the whole state of Michigan,
the whole state of Michigan,
the whole state of Michigan.
We don’t give a damn about the whole state of Michigan,
We’re from O-HI-O.

Maybe Ohioans attending last week’s town hall with Barack Obama should have chanted the last line before he gave his speech:

The most embarrassing part of this moment? This wasn’t an off-the-cuff response, but straight from his prepared speech … which was on his TelePrompter:

But if we had let GM and Chrysler simply go under, hundreds of thousands of Americans would have been hurt, not just at those companies themselves, but at other auto companies and at their suppliers and dealers, here in Ohio, up in Michigan, and all across this country.

You’re in O-HI-O, champ. (thanks to Obamateurism reader Geoff A)

Got an Obamateurism of the Day? If you see a foul-up by Barack Obama, e-mail it to me at obamaisms@edmorrissey.com with the quote and the link to the Obamateurism. I’ll post the best Obamateurisms on a daily basis, depending on how many I receive. Include a link to your blog, and I’ll give some link love as well. And unlike Slate, I promise to end the feature when Barack Obama leaves office.

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Rock stars often forget which city they are preforming in…

myrenovations on January 25, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Keep him on the stump, speechifying please.

OmahaConservative on January 25, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Assuming Obama actually READS speeches that his speechwriter wrote for him before they’re put on the TelePrompTer, this means in addition to not being taught (or learning) economics or history in college, he never took geography either. I guess he figures now he never has to, since Air Force One pilots have to take the course.

bradley11 on January 25, 2010 at 8:10 AM

TOTUS is gonna get a whippin’…
seriously, is that you rahmie behind the totus screen?

cmsinaz on January 25, 2010 at 8:10 AM

The more Obama speaks…

Can somebody unplug the teleprompter?

coldwarrior on January 25, 2010 at 8:11 AM

You can’t fix stupid.

elclynn on January 25, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Maybe Ohioans attending last week’s town hall with Barack Obama should have chanted the last line before he gave his speech:

those attending were more likely plants from michigan

cmsinaz on January 25, 2010 at 8:13 AM

As much as I hate Obama, this was obviously just a slip, which he corrected immediately. No big deal.

The big deal, IMO, is how he said ONCE AGAIN, “This is not about me” in yet another speech where he refers to himself dozens of times.

Daggett on January 25, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Talk to us a little more, Odamna. Yeah… That’s the ticket… Just make yourself more clear by mindlessly repeating your line of BS. Yeah… That’s it… And have you met my wife, Morgan Fairchild???

Crusader Rabbit on January 25, 2010 at 8:14 AM

There was a “war” between Ohio & Michigan over Toledo, back in the 19th Century. The joke is Ohio lost, they got Toledo.

(I get to say it as I live in Toledo these days.)

Ohio – Michigan rivals Yankees – Red Sox in terms of bitter rivalry.

rbj on January 25, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Being from O-hi-o currently, many of my friends and neighbors are afraid that Ohio is slipping into becoming Michigan. It seems like every house in my slightly upscale town is for sale. People are fleeing. People will look back on this speech as the nail in Ohio’s coffin.

Kristamatic on January 25, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Bet we don’t hear about this on the News.

TimBuk3 on January 25, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Nowhere near as bad as Kerry’s though. Speaking as an Ohioan.

Obama’s just out of touch with the entire miidwest, with the exception of a small cadre of the political elite in Chi-Town. He has a disdain for modest nature of the mid-westerner. We’ve seen it before. So much so that he feels no need to study his own cue cards before opening his trap.

ChipDWood on January 25, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Way to go O-Zero!

Maquis on January 25, 2010 at 8:18 AM

As was mentioned at AoS last night, The Precedent even needs his Telebinky to speak to eleven year olds.

bikermailman on January 25, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Halp Obomaa he tuk in O hi 0!

canopfor on January 25, 2010 at 8:19 AM

By the way: F#(% Michigan.

Thank you.

ChipDWood on January 25, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Meh, it’s hard to keep all the 57 states straight.

Disturb the Universe on January 25, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Huh>? This is a silly ‘Obamateurism of the day.’

Really reaching.

bridgetown on January 25, 2010 at 8:25 AM

The big deal, IMO, is how he said ONCE AGAIN, “This is not about me” in yet another speech where he refers to himself dozens of times.

Daggett on January 25, 2010 at 8:13 AM

It’s as if he’s picked up a pitchfork and thinks he’ll be able to pull a Rosie Ruiz and blend into the angry mob when it rolls past his location.

Yet another example of how ill-prepared this rat bastard traitor is for the job. He refuses to be accountable for any of his actions and when he doesn’t get his way, he throws a temper tantrum.

highhopes on January 25, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Lastly, and by the way, I leave you with this thought:

http://www.barlowtailgate.com/graphics/WelcomeToMichProp0fTressel.JPG

pwned.

ChipDWood on January 25, 2010 at 8:26 AM

He had all kinds of blunders in that speech. As I posted before this was another one…is he talking about Congress or the healthcare bill when he refers to a “monstrosity”…

“When you deal with 535 members of Congress, it’s going to be a somewhat ugly progress,” he says. “Not necessarily because each individual member of Congress is trying to do something wrong, but because they have different ideas, different interests. They’re looking out for their constituents a lot of times. But when you put it all together, it starts looking like just this monstrosity.”
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0110/31864.html

Deanna on January 25, 2010 at 8:28 AM

It’s round on the end and “Hi” in the middle
You can find it on the map if you look high and low.
Round on the end and “Hi” in the middle.
That’s O-HI-O!

tru2tx on January 25, 2010 at 8:29 AM

Articulation in Action.

canopfor on January 25, 2010 at 8:30 AM

It’d be so interesting to see his poll numbers in Ohio before/after his 2010 campaign stump speech in Elyria

scottm on January 25, 2010 at 8:31 AM

rat bastard traitor

highhopes on January 25, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Allright !! An upgrade from the filthy liar !!

Jerome Horwitz on January 25, 2010 at 8:33 AM

You can’t polish a turd.

Cybergeezer on January 25, 2010 at 8:33 AM

He is one of the orators in the history of mankind! So smooth! I can’t believe that he even loses it while using the teleprompter now, and people still say that he is a great speaker.

Bleh.

cibolo on January 25, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Wile E. Coyote…Suuuuper Genius!
Putz.

kingsjester on January 25, 2010 at 8:38 AM

I’m glad to see Marcia Coakley got a job – entering text into TOTUS.

forest on January 25, 2010 at 8:42 AM

It’s not so bad, now, listening to this nit wit; His gaffes are becoming as entertaining as Bidens.
BUT; THIS NIT WIT IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!

Cybergeezer on January 25, 2010 at 8:43 AM

this is your brain….

this is your brain on harvard….

ted c on January 25, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Articulation in Action.

canopfor on January 25, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Articulation inaction. Obama can talk a good game but when it comes to doing anything…. forget about it. He goes before Congress on Wednesday without a single positive accomplishment to show for this past year in office.

Think about it. What is the State of the Union.

Millions more Americans have lost their job under Obama’s policies.

America is more polarized than ever and Congressional Democrats have essentially shut the minority party out of any legislative process.

We Mirandize terrorists even before the rest of the passengers on the flight they tried to blow up are out of the airport.

We dithered for months over troop levels in Afghanistan only to have the administration chomping at the bit for the opportunity to surrender.

Bottom line. Obama is going to get up Wednesday night and declare that the state of the union is good. This will be recieved by his co-conspirators in Congress with a prolonged standing ovation. Then he’ll go on and on about how many jobs he saved and how much he cares about all those who hope and change meant unemployment (he’s a giver after all- just ask him). He’ll say whatever his handlers tell him to say, have a nice photo-op and it will all be meaningless. He is the wrong President with the wrong policies for America and the sooner he is muzzled by a real opposition in Congress the better.

highhopes on January 25, 2010 at 8:45 AM

The bigger “Obamateurism of the Day” is him not wearing a tie.

When people in the crowd are dressed more formal, business-like than the President perhaps the President has not dressed properly for the occasion.

The crowd dressed like it was an important event. Obama dressed like he was going out to dinner at the Olive Grove restaurant with Michelle.

albill on January 25, 2010 at 8:45 AM

this guy is starting to make joe biden look like shakespeare

ted c on January 25, 2010 at 8:47 AM

“In Christianity, tie is a remembrance of their false belief of crucifixion of Hazrat Syedna Masih Alhe Salam and forgiveness for Christians. (Fatwa Mustafvia, on “Therefore it is not allowed for Muslims to wear a tie neither during a wedding ceremony nor on any occasion. Do not send your children to schools where tie is a part of uniform code. Because wearing a tie is Haram and it is a must for Muslims to refrain him/herself from Haram and also protect his/her family from Haram.”

Is it allowed for Muslims to Wear a Tie? http://www.islamicacademy.org/html/Fatwa/English/Tie.htm

nondhimmie on January 25, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Hello Cleaveland!

Haiku Guy on January 25, 2010 at 8:53 AM

By the way: F#(% Michigan.

Thank you.

ChipDWood on January 25, 2010

Obama and Granholm have already done that.

SKYFOX on January 25, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Being from O-hi-o currently, many of my friends and neighbors are afraid that Ohio is slipping into becoming Michigan. It seems like every house in my slightly upscale town is for sale. People are fleeing. People will look back on this speech as the nail in Ohio’s coffin.

Kristamatic on January 25, 2010 at 8:15 AM

My wife and I had to leave Ohio and come to Missouri last July because I couldn’t find an IT job that wasn’t a temp job, didn’t require 5-7 years of experience, or didn’t pay $5,000 – $15,000 less than what I’m making now.

Of course Strickland didn’t exactly help the situation either with the likes of NCR and other big name companies moving to other states because of taxes.

MobileVideoEngineer on January 25, 2010 at 8:58 AM

I remember once I said (about something I’d done), “That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever done!” Hubby replied, “Oh I don’t know, I’ve seen you do way stupider stuff.”

That’s this whole bunch of bananas.

Chewy the Lab on January 25, 2010 at 8:59 AM

I could forgive the man if he answers the call of “O-H!” on national television. Complete with arm motions.

Hootie on January 25, 2010 at 9:01 AM

I’m missing the amateurism…Michigan is north of Ohio. Oh, I see. Obama is supposed to be an OSU fan and, trash-talk UofM ? My bad…I thought there were serious problems in this country. Apparently, no one in the state of Ohio can stand to hear the word Michigan without whinnying. Like the horses in Young Frankenstein when Frau Bluchers name was mentioned.

Jeff2161 on January 25, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Rock stars often forget which city they are preforming in…

myrenovations on January 25, 2010 at 8:08 AM

I heard on the radio that they were actually calling this a “stop on a tour”.

Rock star indeed.

loudmouth883 on January 25, 2010 at 9:08 AM

This man has no idea where he is and what it is that he’s supposed to be doing.

President Obam’s support is dimming as we read.

MSGTAS on January 25, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Muck Fichigan. And same goes for Obama.

OhioCoastie on January 25, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Think about it. What is the State of the Union.

highhopes on January 25, 2010 at 8:45 AM

highhopes;Sorry about my typing,i’m cradling a new born,
and,if the SOTU is being seen through Hopeys
mindset,gawd help America.

The reality of the SOTU,is that its in disarray!:)

canopfor on January 25, 2010 at 9:35 AM

but at other auto companies and at their suppliers and dealers, here in Ohio, up in Michigan, and all across this country.

You’re in O-HI-O, champ.

Um, isn’t that what he said?
He is listing locations.
First: “here in Ohio”
Second: “up in Michigan”
Third: “all across this country”

Am I missing something? I’m not seeing any kind of misspeak here.

Count to 10 on January 25, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Just another O–FAIL.

Buckeyes remember well the stories about Woody Hayes — a great football coach, but also an amazing historian.

I BLAME TOTUS! If TOTUS had been on the ball, TOTUS would have told The One to say, “That State Up North” in place of the state’s unmentionable name.

EconomicNeocon on January 25, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Oh, I see, the transcript should have read:

but at other auto companies and at their suppliers and dealers, here in Michiga-… here in Ohio, up in Michigan, and all across this country.

Now it makes sense.

Count to 10 on January 25, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Well, what do you expect? You can tell from his random cadence and emphasis that he hasn’t a clue what he is reading in the first place.

Count to 10 on January 25, 2010 at 10:23 AM

For your listening pleasure!!

EconomicNeocon on January 25, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Ohio is my home state. My husband’s, too. He got his advanced degrees at Ohio State so we both kind of wanted to go back with friends and family when we retired. Well, we ended up in VA because of the political situation and Ohio has been going down hill for a very long time. Growing up out there we were always treated to steel strikes and union turmoil. Then later it was auto strikes and union turmoil.
One of the reasons we chose VA was that it was a Right to Work state. There were other more important reasons, but we noticed a relatively good economy even in the direst economic turn downs. Hmmmmmmmm, I wonder……………

BetseyRoss on January 25, 2010 at 10:27 AM

D’oh

DougDavis on January 25, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Can somebody unplug the teleprompter?

coldwarrior on January 25, 2010 at 8:11 AM

No way! LOL His gaffes are a lot more fun, and entertaining then the uuuuuhs uuuuuummmmmms uuuuuuuuhs errrrrrrrs uuuuuuuuhs. LOL

capejasmine on January 25, 2010 at 10:45 AM

What happens when he runs into something really hard? The four months of dithering on Afghanistan will be lightening fast in comparison.

We are and will be so screwed.

jukin on January 25, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Hello Cleaveland!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C21yssFhCsk

crazy_legs on January 25, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Maybe he meant Mohiogan…yanno, the 53rd state.

Left Coast Right Mind on January 25, 2010 at 11:08 AM

bikermailman on January 25, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Not quite accurate. He did have teleprompters at the school for a speech but he didn’t use them to talk to the 6th grade class. The teleprompters were set up in a different room. We don’t do ourselves any favors when we try to sacrifice the truth for a gotcha moment.

chemman on January 25, 2010 at 11:12 AM

As much as I hate Obama, this was obviously just a slip, which he corrected immediately. No big deal.

Daggett on January 25, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Not quite accurate. He did have teleprompters at the school for a speech but he didn’t use them to talk to the 6th grade class. The teleprompters were set up in a different room. We don’t do ourselves any favors when we try to sacrifice the truth for a gotcha moment.

chemman on January 25, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Agreed. Too much of this and the site will lose credibility.

Alana on January 25, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Don’t know much about geography,
Don’t know much about nothin’ at all
All I know is that you love me
What a wonderful hope and change that could be!

(hat tip to Art Garfunkel)

Steve Z on January 25, 2010 at 11:43 AM